Homeschooling For Children With Special Needs

 

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“More and more parents are choosing to educate their child at home, or to join with other parents who don’t want to send their children to the local schools,” says Dona Matthews Ph.D. Homeschooling children occur for various reasons; while some may be because of learning impairment, others are due to mental or physical disability. Therefore, children with special needs who require specific learning strategies, benefit hugely from homeschooling.

Special needs children demand more attention since they may have delays in learning specific processes or have behavioral challenges that can significantly affect the way they think, interact, and respond to topics.

 

Who are these children with special needs?

 

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Any child who has a different learning temperament than the majority of children. These are mainly kids with:

  • Dyslexia
  • ADD or ADHD
  • Autism
  • Dysgraphia
  • Sensory impairment

Children who suffer from the abovementioned conditions are mainly qualified for home-based learning. Compared to a typical school environment, there are benefits that parents and kids with special needs can take from homeschooling.

 

  1. Customize Calendar Activities

Depending on the pace of the child, parents can quickly adjust the schedule of their child’s academic calendar; which is particularly helpful on occasions that would require extra time for your child to learn a specific subject or if there unforeseeable in-between breaks. Sometimes, the calendar of activities can extend up to the entire year instead of the usual nine months for typical school days.

 

  1. One-On-One Educational Setting

Children with disabilities insist on getting a lot of attention and guidance from teachers and parents which technically means that learning becomes more productive if the mode of education is one-on-one. It can be quite a predicament to allow your child to mingle with kids their same age and not follow the instructions effectively. This is frustrating on your child’s part and will just increase his or her anxiety.

Giving your child ample time and recognition to learn and comprehend every lesson will not only pave the way to further understanding your child’s abilities and intelligence but also knowing how to present every subject with minor complications and confusions in a very efficient manner. According to home-school expert, Brian D. Ray, Ph.D., “The home-educated are doing well, typically above average, on measures of social, emotional, and psychological development.”

 

  1. Limited Distractions

Sending special needs children to a standardized learning environment may not be conducive to their learning since there are a lot of distractions that they might find unappealing or attractive. Either way, this will not benefit your children’s education at all. Being homeschooled, you will be able to control the environment by limiting distractions without compromising comfort and ease.

 

  1. Alternative Educational Approach

What might work for one child may not work with another; therefore it is vital to construct an alternative educational approach to make learning more amiable to your child. Learning at home opens an avenue for realizing what methods work for your kids. Some of these alternative approaches would include chalkboards, manipulative toys, hands-on education, and strategies that tap the multi-sensory level of the child.

 

  1. Room for Specialized Accommodations

There are specific accommodations that special needs children require which are usually unavailable in a typical learning environment. For example, students who have dysgraphia or issue with handwriting can utilize keyboards for completion of assignments. Other children who get easily distracted or have attention deficit issues are allowed to use fidgets or stress balls to channel their energy, thereby aid in increasing their focus on their lessons.

 

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Most importantly, homeschooling can give parents that sense of safety and security that a regular schooling environment might not have. Parenting in general is hard these days. Parenting a child with special needs is often harder,” Dan Peters Ph.D. Some external learning environments can be quite uncompromising that may add more stress to your children rather than helping them cope and acquire knowledge.

 

 

 

 

The Overlooked Advantages Of Homeschooling

 

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Are you somehow skeptical about homeschooling your child? Though concerns are buzzing around about the effectiveness of homeschooling, it might be something you can consider.

Surprisingly, homeschooling has significant benefits for your child that may also affect your family’s well-being. According to Rick Nauert PhD, “New research suggests that children who are taught at home get more sleep than those who go to private and public schools.” Not everyone is a fan of this teaching method for whatever reason. For those who are thinking about enrolling their children to a home-based schooling program and are still outweighing the advantages from the disadvantages, here are some of the unsung benefits of homeschooling that can help you in making up your mind:

 

Safety

Of all the benefits of homeschooling, safety is a primary factor. Schools these days are swarming with bullies and aggressive kids who sometimes carry prohibited weapons for some twisted logic. According to data presented by the National Center for Educational Statistics (NCES), in 2015 alone, there are about 21% of students between the ages of 12 to 18 who are victims of bullying, and females are more targeted than males. Threats to safety cause children to become very anxious about their schoolmates which can also directly affect their performance and interfere with the process of learning. For Dona Matthews Ph.D., “When homeschooling, you can provide your child with a supportive learning environment at home, where there is no bullying, racism, violence, or other psychological abuse.”

To safeguard children from these types of threats at school, some parents resulted in applying for an online educational platform that has the same curriculum as that of regular classes.

 

Minimal Exposure to Restricted Substances

Sometimes, no matter how overprotective parents are, they are still in the dark whether their kids are exposed to drugs and alcohol. Kids, especially teenagers, are the primary victims of drug abuse; these are less likely to be found in homes. However, students have higher chances of getting in contact with these restricted substances within the vicinity of school grounds.

 

Catering to Kids with Special Needs

If your children have mental and physical disabilities, chances are, they will have a hard time following through with regular class sessions; plus, they are subjected to mockery, humiliation, and bullying by other kids at school. Typical schools will always have a mix of good and evil; you cannot expect everyone to be as understanding and accepting when it comes to children with special needs. Homeschooling protects your kids from traumatic emotional attacks that they will be exposed to once enrolled.

 

Enhances Family Bonding

Guiding and supporting your children’s schooling needs at home strengthens the parent-child bond. Kids usually thrive and strive to gain their parents’ attention and approval; this builds their self-confidence and self-esteem. Aside from that, parents will learn more about the way their kids think and react to specific subjects taught at home or online. Parents can also participate in promoting positive behavior to their children that they usually cannot do if they send them to a regular school.

 

Eliminates Peer Pressure

Friends or even schoolmates have a massive impact on how children think and act. According to data presented by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), in 2015, there were more than 220,000 newborns that were from women who are between 15 to 19 years old. Though this data is said to be a record low, it does not assure parents that their children will not be victims of peer pressure. Homeschooling can prevent this kind of phenomenon from happening since parents are often around to look after their kids.

 

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Homeschooling your kids does not necessarily mean that you are curtailing their freedom. There are just certain situations that would require the need for children stay inside the house. Besides, there are a lot of studies that show many homeschooled children outperform those who went to regular schools during standardized exams.“Of course every situation is different: the child, the public and private school options, and your ability and motivation to home-school,” said Marty Nemko Ph.D.